Monday, December 10, 2018

Dressing Mr. Dalton by Charlotte Byrd Tour & #Giveaway

Dressing Mr. Dalton
by Charlotte Byrd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Women who color their own hair do not go out with movie stars!”

So, what am I doing going on a date with him?

I’m a wardrobe stylist with a resume full of fake job experience (when my resume was accurate no one wanted to hire me). I drive a crappy car and I have $37.58 in my bank account.

He is People’s Sexiest Man Alive who lives in a beach house (read: mansion) in Malibu.
We are all wrong for each other for a number of reasons. The main one being: I hate everything about him.

Finn Dalton is arrogant, cocky, and self-involved.

He thinks he’s God’s gift to women and the fact that he has bedded almost every available (and unavailable) woman in Hollywood supports that theory.

I hate him…so what am I doing here? Why do I keep saying yes?

Yes, to a date. Yes, to a kiss. Yes, to this.

And what happens when the one person who is all wrong is the only one who’s right?

**This is a standalone contemporary romance.

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Charlotte Byrd is the bestselling author of many contemporary romance novels. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and a crazy toy Australian Shepherd. She loves books, hot weather and crystal blue waters.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Indian Paintbrush by John A. Heldt (Carson Chronicles, #3)

Indian Paintbrush
by John A. Heldt

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Carson Chronicles - Book 3
Publication Date: November 26, 2018
Publisher: John A. Heldt
Genre: Time Travel Fantasy
Print Length: 603 pages
Available from: Amazon

Arizona, December 1943. After surviving perilous six-month journeys to 1889 and 1918, the Carsons, five siblings from the present day, seek a respite in their home state. While Adam and Greg settle down with their Progressive Era brides, Natalie and Caitlin start romances with wartime aviators and Cody befriends a Japanese family in an internment camp. The time travelers regroup, bury old ghosts, and continue their search for their missing parents. Then old problems return, new ones emerge, and a peaceful hiatus becomes a race for survival. In INDIAN PAINTBRUSH, the sequel to RIVER RISING and THE MEMORY TREE, seven young adults find love and adventure as they navigate the home front during the height of World War II.
Indian Paintbrush by John A. Heldt (Carson Chronicles, #3)

Indian Paintbrush (Carson Chronicles, #3)The chase is on for the five Carson siblings as they continue the hunt to play catch up through time to their parents. Once again, we are taken back into a slice of history we all know about, but this time with the human element front and center as John A. Heldt continues his time travel series, Carson Chronicles with INDIAN PAINTBRUSH.

Prepare to see what living during World War II was like for those of Japanese descent, of young men filled with the need to defend a country they are proud of and seven siblings, people out of their element, out of place and running out of time to find the parents they miss.

Feel the atmosphere come alive, become part of history and the daring game of cat and mouse Adam, Greg, Natalie, Caitlin and Cody must play in order to “blend in.” As love blooms for some, pain will once again strike others, but together, these young adults and their new extended family will reach out to the past, touch lives and make unbreakable connections.

I am forever fascinated with John A. Heldt’s ability to weave history with fantasy while breathing life into his characters and each scene. He makes me smell the aircrafts in hangars, feel the pride of young men willing to die for their “great” country while fear mongers in the political arena hold innocents captive in camps for their ancestry. Hard times, emotions running at fever pitch and the need for these twenty-first century adventurers to right some of the wrongs of the past in the name of young love and doing the right thing. Have they crossed an unseen line changing history just by their presence or has their presence created the history we now know? Will the Carson siblings ever find their parents or has Fate decided they will find even more in their journey?

John A. Heldt never, never fails to deliver stories that send me straight into each scene, no matter what is happening, yet he keeps each story fresh, creates an adventure of body, mind and soul and never forgets to include the heart! I’m pretty sure I will never tire of his ability to tell me story that feeds my imagination, not to mention a few wonderfacts for that awkward lull in conversations!

I received a complimentary copy from John A. Heldt!

The Emissary by Tamara Veitch & Rene DeFazio

The Emissary
by Tamara Veitch & Rene DeFazio

My rating: 3 stars

Series: One Great Year - Book 1
Publisher: Waterside Press (October 9, 2018)
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Sci-fi | Fantasy
Print Length: 200 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

When the world collapses from a Golden Age into one of chaos and strife, mankind's salvation lies in the hands of eternal Emissaries― guardians chosen to protect the secrets of a sacred, ancient civilization and to guide humanity back to enlightenment even as its darkest hour approaches.

A timeless tale of love reborn through the ages.

Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two along with a chosen few become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus's epic adventure across centuries of human civilization to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.

Good and evil come to blows and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

"For every soul there is a theme, a path that must be followed, lessons that must be learned..."
The Emissary by Tamara Veitch & Rene DeFazio

The Emissary (One Great Year #1)The world has collapsed. Mankind’s fate is on the cusp of ruination, if not for Emissaries, eternal souls who are tasked with guiding humanity back from the abyss of darkness.

Two souls will find an unbreakable bond of love, but their paths will diverge through reincarnation after reincarnation, will they ever find their own eternal happiness or as Emissaries, must they put mankind before their hearts?

Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio have created an epic fantasy filled with darkness, tortured love and the eternal battle of good versus evil, while hope for a better future lay in the balance. Very detailed in the beginning, the scenes are set as we feel the wheels of time begin to churn, but later, it felt as if the story were being forced to fast-forward a bit too quickly or unevenly. That said, there is always a feeling of the unknown, just out of reach where something is going to happen that will have great impact on this story!

The groundwork has been set for what could be an intense and fascinating series for epic fantasy lovers!

I received a complimentary copy from Rene DeFazio!

The Belial Stone by R.D. Brady (Belial, #1)

The Belial Stone
by R.D. Brady

My rating: 3 stars

Series: Belial - Book 1
Publisher: Scottish Seoul Publishing LLC (January 13, 2014)
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
Genre: Action & Adventure
Print Length: 388 pages
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Professor Delaney McPhearson's life is turned upside down when her best friend, archaeologist Drew Masters, is found dead. Before she can deal with the heartbreaking loss, she is viciously attacked in her home by a man with inhuman fighting abilities.

Former Navy SEAL and head of security for a global think tank, Jake Rogan drops everything when he hears his foster brother, Tom Jeffries, has gone missing. There seem to be no clues, no information about his whereabouts. He has just vanished. But Jake won't rest until he finds him.

Laney and Jake join forces when they learn that the fates of their loved ones are intertwined. And somehow all the danger that dogs their steps, revolves around an eccentric archaeologist's controversial work on Gobekli Tepe, and the search for an ancient source of power.

Their personal quest soon becomes a race to protect humanity's very existence. But how can they defeat a foe who has been planning his moves for millennia?

To save mankind, Laney and Jake know they must succeed. But to succeed, they must live long enough to fight.
The Belial Stone by R.D. Brady (Belial, #1)

The battle between good and evil will follow an action-packed path as two people join forces to uncover the fates of those they care about. The common thread that binds their quests lay in the archaeological digs of Gobekli Tepe, where an ancient source of power may lie.

THE BELIAL STONE by R.D. Brady has all of the ingredients for a riveting and intriguing tale involving, myths, mysteries and religion. Hardcore action, over-the-top at times, seem to overshadow the brilliance of the rest of this tale. I love a good fight scene, (bring ‘em on), but for me, the rest of the story was overshadowed just a little too much. I wanted more fleshing out of all of the meat and potatoes of this story, letting the fight scenes be the gravy.

Strong-willed characters, a constant hint of possible romance and all of the possibilities of uncovering the unknown and all it holds for mankind, all great draws in my book, but this time out, it just didn’t come together for me, but I can say for certain that this author has a gift that should not be ignored!

A Choice of Secrets by Barb Hendee Tour & #Giveaway

A Choice of Secrets
A Dark Glass Novel Book 4
by Barb Hendee
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Ever since raiders from the north began attacking villages, Lady Nicole Montagna has known that defending her people would come at a cost. The betrothal of her sister Chloe to a neighboring lord seems the perfect solution, forging a powerful alliance. But shortly before the wedding, Nicole is shocked to discover that her sister is with child—and not by her husband-to-be. Now she must make a choice. She has just hours to decide . . .

~Should she tell her soldier brother—who will take swift, ruthless action to ensure the family’s safety?

~Should she hold her tongue, let her sister deceive her husband into believing the child is his—and then hope Chloe can get away with the lie?

~Should she tell her family, hoping they will know the right thing to do?

With the help of a magic mirror, Nicole lives out each path, fighting to protect herself and those she loves with the weapons she has: wits, herbs, and fortitude. But no matter her cleverness, neither she nor her family can escape unscathed—for there are repercussions she could never have foreseen, involving her own heart . . .


New York Times bestselling author Barb Hendee spins a tale of intrigue, integrity, and the bonds of love and loyalty as one young woman finds her place in a turbulent world . . .

A Girl of White Winter

A Dark Glass Novel Book #3

Kara, as a ward with no parentage and no future, has been raised knowing nothing outside her lady’s chambers. Until Royce Capello, a visiting nobleman, is struck by her ice-pale looks, and demands her as payment for the land the family needs.
With barely time to protest, Kara is sold and packed off for a life as a concubine—until a raiding party descends on Royce’s company and she’s kidnapped for the second time in as many days.
Whatever happens, Kara will be alone in the world, inexperienced and fearing even the vast unfamiliar sky. But one raider gives her a choice—and a magic mirror appears to show her where each path will lead…
She can leave with her protector Raven and journey with his performing troupe, competing for his mercurial affections.
She can flee the raiders’ settlement, and return to Royce’s manor, chattel among devious nobility.
Or she can stay in the settlement, bound to firm, silent Caine, who is as gentle as he is staid and inscrutable.
Her fates twist and turn to affect far more than she could have guessed, tangling the bitter with the sweet—and Kara must choose which consequences she can live with…

A Choice of Crowns
A Dark Glass Novel Book #2

Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.
Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .
If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.
If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.

As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .

Through a Dark Glass
A Dark Glass Novel Book 1

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds:
Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?
Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?
As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.
Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed . . .

Barb Hendee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches series. She is the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a master’s degree in composition/rhetoric from the University of Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland, Oregon.

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Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen (Taming the Duke's Heart, #7)

Taming a Christmas Wallflower
by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Series: Taming the Duke's Heart - Book 7
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Tammy Andresen
Genre: Holiday Themed Historical Romance
Print Length: 90 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
A wallflower and a rake 

Lady Amelia Chase is a wallflower and a bluestocking. William Maddox would never show interest in the likes of her. So why is he being so attentive? There must be a catch. 

It began as a friendly wager. But the more time he spends with the beautifully shy Amelia, the more he wishes it hadn’t. He can’t take it back now, and the thought of telling her makes his chest tighten. But should she find out… 
Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen
(Taming the Duke's Heart, #7)

Taming a Christmas Wallflower (Taming the Duke's Heart Book 7)Ahh, those wicked rakes, their offhanded bets…William Maddox is about to discover how foolish that bet was when he finally got to know the quirky and intelligent wallflower, Lady Amelia Chase. Is another wealthy and handsome man about to be bested in matters of the heart by the hidden beauty and brains of the shy damsel?

Grab a few minutes for yourself this Holiday Season with Tammy Andresen’s TAMING A CHRISTMAS WALLFLOWER and feel the magic of love when one least expects it and the worry of losing it when secrets are revealed.

As always, Tammy Andresen delivers a quick, historical romance with humor, heart and heat to warm a cold winter’s night.

I received a complimentary copy from Tammy Andresen!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Wish Upon a Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes

Wish Upon a Bollywood Star
by Pamela Q. Fernandes

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing (December 10, 2018)
Publication Date: December 10, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 146 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Charismatic Bollywood actor, Vir Seth declares he won't be trapped into marriage by a scheming woman. When Soumya Ninan overhears his reasons, she decides to punish him by doing exactly that.

Soumya Ninan unleashes a storm when she announces to the newspapers that Vir is engaged. To whom? Why Soumya herself!

The battle has just begun.
Wish Upon a Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes

Wish Upon a Bollywood StarHis attitude regarding women and marriage made Soumya so mad, she figured she had found the perfect revenge to take on the dashing, charismatic and apparently womanizing, Bollywood actor Vir Seth. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t so perfect, in hindsight, but it certainly got his attention, as well as the attention of everyone else. Now Soumya finds herself having to star in her own comedy of errors as Vir’s fiancée. Okay, so maybe it won’t be so bad, after all she does drool over the man at work, but is he the same on the set as he is in real life? Does he know what “real life” is?

Hang on tight as this whirlwind, pretend engagement gets a little out of control when Vir tries to tame the headstrong Soumya into playing the game she started and she begins to feel more than a passing fancy for the man, not the star.

Pamela Q. Fernandes’ WISH UPON A BOLLYWOOD STAR is a fun read, with something a little special, a look at love and romance in a culture far different from the western world. I loved Soumya, she’s tough, but not quite as tough or strong as she puts on. And Vir? There is so much more to him than his public persona.

This is quick read with lots of chuckles, some heartaches and enough mistakes that one has to wonder if these two will ever get it right, in public or private!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Pamela Q. Fernandes!

Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver Tour & #Giveaway

Sublime Karma
by Peyton Garver
Genre: YA Romance

When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

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Peyton is a secondary ed teacher in Maryland and an author of young adult fiction. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is an edgy contemporary YA story with diverse characters that addresses real teen issues such as fitting in, cliques, bullying, self harm, and suicide. Sublime Karma has themes that may not be appropriate for tweens and younger teens.

The Sublime Karma manuscript won third place in the Young Adult category of 2015 Lone Star Writing Contest - Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America.

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